July 21, 2024

How well do you know the rules of the NBA?

The Basic Rules of the NBA

We love football, but basketball, particularly the American NBA, has become an increasingly hot topic for us at ChampionBet lately. Especially the NBA fixtures, which we covered a few basics about a week ago. If you caught our first article and are interested in learning more, read on! Today, we’ll talk about the basic rules, divisions, and playoffs in the NBA games today. This is NBA Courtside Chronicles Part 2.

The NBA is renowned for its fast-paced, dynamic, and attractive style of play. Let’s take a look at the key aspects of its rules:

Game Length

A standard NBA game, a critical part of the NBA schedule, is played over four quarters, each lasting 12 minutes. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, an overtime period of 5 minutes is played.


In basketball, there are three basic methods of scoring: the two-point shot (taken inside the three-point arc), the three-point shot (taken from behind the three-point arc), and free throws (each throw worth one point). The introduction of the three-point shot in 1979 added a new dynamic and strategy to the game.

Game Rules

The NBA has specific rules, such as the eight-second violation (requiring a team to advance the ball into the frontcourt within eight seconds), fouls, traveling, double dribbling, and more. Additionally, the rules regarding personal fouls and technical fouls differ from those in other basketball leagues, influencing the tactics and style of play.

Players on the Court

Each team can have five players on the court simultaneously. Substitutions can be made at any point during the game, subject to restrictions in certain game situations. Team strategies and player rotations are key to success in the NBA, with coaches and players needing to continuously adapt their approach based on the opponent and the flow of the game.

The Structure of the Season

The NBA season is divided into several phases:

Regular Season

Each team plays 82 games (41 at home and 41 away). The teams are split into two conferences, each with three divisions. The NBA season begins in the fall and ends in the spring.


The playoffs see 16 teams advancing – eight from each conference. The playoffs are elimination rounds in a best-of-seven format in each series, culminating in the NBA Finals where the conference champions face off.

Conference Divisions

The NBA is divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences, each comprising three divisions. Teams play games both within their own conference and against teams from the opposing conference. This divisional structure significantly impacts the teams’ paths to the playoffs and their matchups throughout the season.

If you’re getting into the thick of the action, we recommend watching this weekend’s Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs or Golden State Warriors vs Brooklyn Nets games. We’ll see you again next week with another installment of the NBA Courtside Chronicles. Follow our ChampionBet blog and you won’t miss a thing!

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NBA Courtside Chronicles Part. 1

Even though there’s still plenty of great football coming up this year, like in the UEFA Champions League or the Premier League, at ChampionBet, we’ve still got room in our hearts for another amazing sport. Yes, we’re talking about basketball, specifically American basketball. That’s why we’ve decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start bringing you closer to the place where basketball history is written every year – NBA.

The league, home to the world’s best basketball players, offers not just the perfect sporting spectacle, but also stories that are both inspiring and emotional. Just take a look at the story of the legendary Michael Jordan, King LeBron James, or the rise of African stars like Hakeem Olajuwon and Joel Embiid, which only confirms that the sky is the limit for those who dare to dream.

Are you interested in learning more about this popular American sport? Then read on! This is the first part of our NBA Courtside Chronicles series, in which we delve into the sport’s early days and talk about the golden era.

The Origins and Evolution of the NBA

Before the NBA was officially formed, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) was founded in 1946. It merged with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949, laying the foundation stone for the National Basketball Association.

Additional facts: The National Basketball League was established earlier, in 1937. This merger of the two leagues helped consolidate talent and resources, leading to greater popularity and elevating basketball to the next level.

The Golden Era of the NBA

The NBA’s golden era spans various decades. The 1960s were marked by Bill Russell’s dominance with the Boston Celtics throughout his entire career. In the 1980s, the NBA transformed dramatically, fueled by the rivalry between Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) and Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), which significantly boosted the league’s popularity. The 1990s then belonged to Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls, who became a global symbol of basketball.

The new millennium witnessed the rise of stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry. They not only carried the prestige of the NBA but also contributed to the game’s further evolution. This era has seen increased globalization in the NBA, with a growing number of international players emerging as key figures in their teams.

During the 21st century, a lot of innovation in technology has been focused on tracking games and improving the rules of the game. The NBA’s influence extends beyond American culture, impacting fashion, music, and essentially the global sports landscape.

In the next part, we’ll cover the basic rules, playoffs and divisions. Follow our ChampionBet blog to stay up to date!